Libman Education’s Online Course Designed to Prepare Coders for the extensive ICD-10-CM and -PCS October 1 code updates
BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – September 29, 2016 – HCTec headquartered in Franklin, TN – one of the largest companies in the HIT and HIM staffing market – announced the selection of Libman Education’s ICD-10-CM and -PCS Code Updates – Annotated By Lynn Kuehn as its online training solution for 423 staff members to prepare for the critical FY 2017 ICD-10 updates.
The multi-year code freeze and delay in implementation of ICD-10 means that HCTec coders are confronted with a significant and challenging October 1 update. This includes 3,651 new codes and 487 revised code titles. Of the codes added, 3,549 new codes (97 percent of the total update) are cardiovascular system codes.
“As a leading provider of coders to hospitals across the country, it is critical for our staff to be ahead of the curve and ensure their coding is both accurate and complete, and that their coding decisions are defensible,” said Teresa Carter, Director of HIM. “At HCTec we have set the bar extremely high. Our clients have grown to expect a level of excellence that requires accuracy and accountability. Libman Education’s courses provide us high quality training with customized reporting and tracking to ensure we are able to monitor our coders’ progress and success. This is important both to us and to our customers.”
Libman Education author Lynn Kuehn commented, “For those of us long-term coders, we expect an annual code update and guideline changes. While some changes are very simple and some quite complex, not all the changes make perfect sense, which makes using the new codes a little extra tricky. We determined that a short webinar might not be the answer this year and therefore created our comprehensive ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Code Update courses.”
HCTec services include staffing (contract placements, temp-to-perm placements, permanent placements), strategic services, managed services, and project work. HCTec’s HIT team specializes in application, integration and data, and infrastructure throughout the IT lifecycle – from implementation and go-lives, to optimization, training, and support, to sun setting legacy applications. HCTec’s HIM team provides coding and auditing, interim management, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), case management, and payer services (HEDIS reviews).
HCTec was founded in 2010 as a subsidiary of HCCA International and then spun off as an independent firm in 2012. HCTec has grown over the last few years both organically, partnering with our great clients, and through the acquisitions of Partner Professional Solutions (Cincinnati, OH) in 2013, and HIMS Consulting Group (Steamboat Springs, CO) in 2016.
In 2013, HCTec was named to the Inc. 5000’s list of Fastest Growing Companies with a growth rate of 456% and continues to grow exponentially year over year.
About Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA
Lynn Kuehn is president of Kuehn Consulting, LLC, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a consulting firm specializing in coding for all settings and physician practice management issues. Lynn provides training to small and large groups on ICD-9, ICD-10, and other HIM-related issues. Lynn served on the AHIMA Board of Directors and authored several of AHIMA’s popular books: ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach; Procedural Coding and Reimbursement for Physician Services; and CCS-P Exam Preparation.
Lynn has been deeply immersed in the ICD-10 coding system and training for ICD-10 and was among the first instructors for AHIMA’s ICD-10 Train-the-Trainers. Lynn brings her detailed knowledge of HIM issues for both hospitals and physician practices to the ICD-10 courses developed with Libman Education.
About Libman Education
Libman Education Inc. is a leading provider of training for the healthcare workforce. Libman Education offers self-paced online courses designed and developed by leading industry experts in Health Information Management (HIM) and Medical Record Coding. Courseware is designed for individuals as well as health care providers and institutions, public and private workforce development training programs, and professional and volunteer associations interested in preparing their employees and members for the challenges facing the HIM workforce. For more information, visit http://www.libmaneducation.com